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Kansas leadership team reviews Air Force graduates

Maj. Gen. Lee Tafanelli, Kansas adjutant general, and Chief Master Sgt. Maurice Williams, Kansas National Guard command senior enlisted leader, made history when they became the first National Guard joint reviewing team for an Air Force Basic Military Training graduation at Lackland Air Force Base on Sept. 28, 2018. Tafanelli, whose son Nicholas was among the graduates, was contacted by …

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November is “Read the Label First, Don’t Mix Chemicals” Month in Kansas

Household chemicals are one of the many benefits of modern living. They’re used for cleaning, disinfecting, pest control, gardening and a host of other jobs. When used according to the instructions on the label, they are perfectly safe. Misused, they can be harmful, even deadly. To remind Kansans to observe safety precautions when using household chemicals, the Technological Hazards Section …

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Winter Weather Awareness Day is Nov. 15

Winter Weather Awareness Day in Kansas will be Thursday, Nov. 15. That day would be an ideal time for Kansans to take stock of their emergency supplies and review their home emergency plan. A home emergency supply kit should include enough nonperishable food and water for each person to survive for a minimum of seven days, a safe alternate heat …

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Kansas National Guard supports Veterans Day events

Soldiers and units of the Kansas National Guard will be supporting a number of Veterans Day events across the state. Events scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 7 Kansas City, Missouri — Lt. Col. Brian Budden, commander of the 190th Air Refueling Wing Maintenance Squadron, will be the guest speaker for a Veterans Day ceremony at the Federal Aviation Administration office, 901 …

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Blended Retirement System Opt-in window closes Dec. 31

Because fiscal year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act provided a change to the military force with a change in the retirement plan, current eligible members of the National Guard have a choice to make. The change in the retirement system provides a portable retirement plan with the Thrift Savings Plan. Soldiers have been able to sign up to use the …

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Kansas National Guard Hall of Fame induction set for Nov. 4

The Kansas National Guard will be adding three new names to its roster of distinguished Guardsmen during an induction ceremony for the Kansas National Guard Hall of Fame Nov. 4. The ceremony will take place at Ramada Hotel and Convention Center, beginning at 2 p.m. This year’s inductees are retired Col. Wayne L. Cline, the late retired Col. James E. …

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Governor proclaims October is Zombie Preparedness Month

Zombies. Seems like they’re everywhere these days –movies, books, television (including commercials). So, the best thing to do is be prepared for them. And if you are, you’ll be better prepared for any other emergency that life sends your way. During October, the Kansas Division of Emergency Management places a special emphasis on reminding the public, with tongue firmly in …

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President grants federal disaster proclamation for September storms

President Donald Trump has granted a request from Gov. Jeff Colyer, M.D. for a federal disaster declaration for several Kansas counties affected by severe thunderstorms, straight-line winds, and flooding from Sept. 1 through Sept. 8, 2018. “I want to thank President Trump on behalf of the people of Kansas for this federal disaster declaration,” said Colyer. “We will continue to …

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Morgan named to Emergency Management Accreditation Program commission

The National Emergency Management Association has appointed Angee Morgan, deputy director of the Kansas Division of Emergency Management, to the Emergency Management Accreditation Program commission. “I’m extremely honored to represent NEMA as an EMAP commissioner,” said Morgan, who has been deputy director of KDEM since 2008. “Meeting EMAP standards not only provides evidence of government’s best efforts to comply with …

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Disaster declaration will expedite state’s emergency response support

Gov. Jeff Colyer MD has issued a State of Disaster Emergency declaration for the state in response to the recent heavy rains that have caused localized flooding and flash floods in a number of counties. “With such excessive rainfall, we realize that many may have need of recovery assistance. This declaration will help with that effort,” said Colyer. “At the …

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